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The Raid is getting a bone-snapping remake from Joe Carnahan & Frank Grillo

02.15.2017

I've got this good buddy of mine named Beller. Whenever the two of us get together, we do our damnedest to seek out and watch whichever "decent" looking martial arts flicks we can find. Over the years, we've enjoyed any number of engaging bouts featuring icons like Tony Jaa, Ip Man, and of course, Bruce Lee. Though one of the most outstanding films (or series) that we've partaken in, without a doubt, is Gareth Evans' THE RAID.

I remember watching THE RAID: REDEMPTION for the first time, and screaming my ass off at the sight of all the over-the-top action, and marveling at the physical performances and stamina of the talented cast. It was the kind of film that I immediately recommended to all of my friends who're into that sort of thing. My goal, now, is to one day have my mother-in-law watch both films. She's a huge fan of elaborate action and on-screen martial arts brutality. I know, she's a rare breed and I am very fortunate. 

A while back, Screen Gems gained the rights to THE RAID, and signed actor Frank Grillo to the proposed project. Then, THE EXPENDABLES 3 helmer Patrick Hughes was signed to direct, but had a bit of trouble rounding out the cast. In 2015, plans for the film were cancelled, as Screen Gems, Hughes, and in-talks star Taylor Kitsch all parted ways.

However, we're now getting word that progress on THE RAID is kicking again, as XYZ Films has released a teaser video of THE GREY and SMOKIN' ACES director Joe Carnahan standing alongside Grillo, who were each watching THE RAID and discussing potential plans. To note, both took care to mention that their project, if it happens, will not be a straight-up remake. It's also worth mentioning that Gareth Evans has given his "full blessing" in making this film a reality. 

As a way of dropping the news, and updating fans of the series, Joe Carnahan unleashed a series of tweets regarding his thoughts and feelings about getting to work on the film:

Oh man, I think I'm getting goosebumps after reading these tweets. For my money, this project screams potential, as Carnahan is clearly very passionate about doing the property justice. Stay close as more details about this project come to light. And, be sure to keep an eye out for news on BAD BOYS FOR LIFE, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, which Carnahan will be directing and is poised for a  November 9, 2018 release.

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Extra Tidbit: I don't know if it gets any better than that prison yard fight sequence from THE RAID 2. I can't imagine how exhausting it must have been to film that take after take.

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9:15AM on 02/16/2017

no just no

why make a remake of this movie its perfect the way it is the cast is awesome and i dont think this guy can pull it off. i guess Hollywood really cant come up with their own ideas.
why make a remake of this movie its perfect the way it is the cast is awesome and i dont think this guy can pull it off. i guess Hollywood really cant come up with their own ideas.
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3:33AM on 02/16/2017
I would guess that the remake won't feature any pencak silat at all and they will put more emphasis on the shootouts. The fighting styles will probably be more in common with krav maga or whatever is easier to learn for the actors.
I would guess that the remake won't feature any pencak silat at all and they will put more emphasis on the shootouts. The fighting styles will probably be more in common with krav maga or whatever is easier to learn for the actors.
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3:16AM on 02/16/2017
Here's the problem with American films trying to do martial arts films: they suck. With exceptions like John Wick, American studios simply don't have the balls to do a truly great martial arts film and directors seemingly don't know how to do them well enough. They go for quick cuts and close ups to hide the fact that their actors aren't trained properly for the roles and action they are partaking. Watch John Wick 1 and 2 for a great example of martial arts done right in a movie. Unless this
Here's the problem with American films trying to do martial arts films: they suck. With exceptions like John Wick, American studios simply don't have the balls to do a truly great martial arts film and directors seemingly don't know how to do them well enough. They go for quick cuts and close ups to hide the fact that their actors aren't trained properly for the roles and action they are partaking. Watch John Wick 1 and 2 for a great example of martial arts done right in a movie. Unless this goes balls to the wall like the original Raid films, complete with it's fantastic technical accomplishments, then this will be a pointless endeavor to capitalize on a superior action movie.
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6:57PM on 02/15/2017

Why?

They already made Dredd.
They already made Dredd.
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12:43PM on 02/16/2017
Except this will be Dredd in The-present
Except this will be Dredd in The-present
8:11PM on 02/16/2017
Dredd in the present? Well in that case, sign me up!
Dredd in the present? Well in that case, sign me up!
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5:13PM on 02/15/2017
When you think about it Dredd was pretty much just a sci-fi remake of The Raid and everyone loved that, so I don't have any problems with this in theory (although saying that it'll be closer to Narc or The Grey makes me worry that they'll skimp out on the fight scenes).
When you think about it Dredd was pretty much just a sci-fi remake of The Raid and everyone loved that, so I don't have any problems with this in theory (although saying that it'll be closer to Narc or The Grey makes me worry that they'll skimp out on the fight scenes).
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5:03PM on 02/15/2017
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3:23PM on 02/15/2017

Loved the first two, this remake is going to suck

Holy shit, just release the first two in theaters (again). No need for a shitty remake from an asshat director whose actions scenes are nothing but close ups and quick cuts that ruin the little choreography the actors put into the film. Seriously, just put out The Raid and Raid 2 as a double feature and it will make 10x more money than this shit. Look at Oldboy, the original was actually tarnished by the remake because nobody wanted to see the original thinking it was as bad as the US version.
Holy shit, just release the first two in theaters (again). No need for a shitty remake from an asshat director whose actions scenes are nothing but close ups and quick cuts that ruin the little choreography the actors put into the film. Seriously, just put out The Raid and Raid 2 as a double feature and it will make 10x more money than this shit. Look at Oldboy, the original was actually tarnished by the remake because nobody wanted to see the original thinking it was as bad as the US version.
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3:20PM on 02/15/2017
If it has to happen keep Grillo and have Jason Statham play Mad Dog!
If it has to happen keep Grillo and have Jason Statham play Mad Dog!
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3:18PM on 02/15/2017
Both Raid films are amazing, but if Joe Carnahan is behind on making the remake (who I'm a huge fan of), then I have no problem with it being remade.

Would love to still see him get Grillo, and Kitsch back for this as well, with maybe Luke Evans too.
Both Raid films are amazing, but if Joe Carnahan is behind on making the remake (who I'm a huge fan of), then I have no problem with it being remade.

Would love to still see him get Grillo, and Kitsch back for this as well, with maybe Luke Evans too.
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